Around and about (23rd June 2019)

Speed of Light 5k
Tony Morley reports:
Lowestoft’s new Festival of Light this weekend also saw the first running of this 5k race on the promenade today (Sunday), using a flatter profile than the parkrun route.  Hot, breezy conditions made a tough but enjoyable run for the 10 Black Dogs, with great support from the festival crowd and marshalls.  Very nice tech T and medal too; full results here.

Portumna Forest marathon
Fulvio Taddeo reports:
On June 8th I ran this marathon in Ireland (my 45th marathon), a stunning multi-terrain race, arriving 6th overall and 1st in my age group, with a finish time of 3hr16’59” (being 56 years old).

Norfolk 100k
Rachel Hirst reports:
Yesterday (Saturday), Julie Rickards and I ran (& walked) 100km from Castle Acre up Peddars Way joining the Norfolk Coastal Path at Holme-Next-The-Sea to Beeston Regis. Norfolk is a beautiful county and certainly not flat.  We saw an awful lot of it on a glorious day.  The route took us along the beach from Burnham Overy Staithe to Wells.  A beautiful beach with lovely soft, golden sand – and a head wind.  It was tough going.  We were thrilled to get to the cut off at Stiffkey by 6pm and carried on to the next check point where we were offered a hot drink (just what we needed).  This was possibly to lessen the blow of nearly 5 miles on thick shingle at sun set.  We were excited to see what we thought was Beeston Bump as we came off the beach only to realise that we were not as far as we thought.  Panic set in, we ran up and down sandy paths in the dark to eventually get to the Bump and the finish with minutes to spare.  An amazing experience – but one that possibly does not need repeating…

Stow Marie 6 hour challenge
Alice Kirk reports:
Stuart and I competed at this 6 hour challenge, running 3.4 (ish) mile laps partly around the aerodrome which was used in WW1. The route took us through vineyards, tall grass, trails, corn fields and up some nasty nasty hills which make Bungay’s look flat. I called it a day after four laps in a long and tiring 3h 28m, covering 14.6 miles and 900ft elevation; a bad reaction to a bite won today’s battle. Stuart continued and did his eight laps to cover marathon distance and beyond (36 miles!) We got a lovely medal, and it was a good event overall.

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